By Antti Marjanen, Petri Luomanen

ISBN-10: 9004144641

ISBN-13: 9789004144644

The ebook illuminates “the different facet” of early Christianity by way of reading thinkers and pursuits that have been embraced by way of many second-century spiritual seekers as valid kinds of Christianity, yet that are now mostly forgotten, or are recognized simply from the features attributed to them within the writings in their major adversaries. the gathering bargains with the subsequent academics and events: Basilides, Sethianism, Valentinus’ college, Marcion, Tatian, Bardaisan, Montanists, Cerinthus, Ebionites, Nazarenes, Jewish-Christianity of the Pseudo-Clementines, and Elchasites. the place acceptable, the authors have integrated an outline of the lifestyles and demanding courses of the “heretics,” in addition to an outline in their theologies and events. consequently, this quantity can function a instruction manual of the second-century “heretics” and their “heresies.” considering the fact that the entire chapters were written by way of experts who combat day-by-day with their examine issues, the contributions additionally provide new views and insights stimulating extra dialogue in this fascinating—but usually neglected—side of early Christianity.

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In 1 For brief background as well as English translation of the Nag Hammadi writings, see James M. , The Nag Hammadi Library in English (3rd rev. ; San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988). E. Christian heresiologists were asserting the existence of heterodox groups they call “Sethians,” whose alleged myths and doctrines are summarized and attacked as perversions. These heresiological descriptions of “Sethians” are somewhat problematic in that along with the expected prejudices in viewpoint, there are also some significant disagreements about exactly what doctrinal or mythic content the “Sethians” are supposed to have espoused.

J. Brill, 1985. Barb, A. A. ” Pages 67–86 in Hommages à Waldemar Deonna. Collection Latomus 28. Brussels: Latomus, Revue d’études latines, 1957. Bonner, Campbell. Studies in Magical Amulets, Chiefly Graeco-Egyptian. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1950. Broek, Roelof van den. Studies in Gnosticism and Alexandrian Christianity. Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 39. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1996. Dahl, Nils. ” Pages 689–712 in vol. 2 of The Rediscovery of Gnosticism: Proceedings of the International Conference on Gnosticism at Yale, New Haven, Connecticut, March 28–31, 1978.

5. Ethical Theory and Doctrine of Providence Irenaeus concludes his account of Basilides’ own doctrine in the following way:96 Moreover, he says, the prophets came into being through the craftsmen of the world, while the law came specifically through their Archon, who led the people out of the land of Egypt. He enjoined (his followers) not to worry about meat sacrificed to idols, to consider that it 93 Löhr’s frg. 4, Foerster’s frg. 15, quoted above. Cf. notes 67, 69. See Malcolm Peel’s note to his translation of the Treatise on the Resurrection in Nag Hammadi Codex I (The Jung Codex): Notes (ed.

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